Project turnover of Coral Bay Nickel Corporation to help communities of Bataraza in times of enhanced community quarantine. Photo courtesy of Denvie Regondon.

The Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) has donated some P8.5 million to aid the municipality of Bataraza in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The amount was spent to purchase over 2,800 sacks of rice and other food items that was turned over to different barangays all over the town for distribution to families affected by the enhanced community quarantine.

CBNC Community Relations Manager Ernesto Llacuna said their company wants to extend help the residents of Bataraza affected by the extended quarantine period due to the coronavirus disease.

“We wish to be of help to our fellow Palaweños. Hand-in-hand, through the spirit of Bayanihan, we’re one with the government and other private sectors in doing our part in combating this pandemic,” Llacuna said.

Around 22,000 families in Bataraza have benefitted from the recently distributed relief goods from the company. CBNC is also set to donate funds to the Provincial Government of Palawan to help in the relief efforts of the Province in other municipalities affected by the ECQ.

The Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) fund of each barangay was utilized for this project. Mines & Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has authorized its regional offices across the country to allow mining companies to re-align their unutilized SDMP funds to assist their host and neighboring communities, as well as non-impacted areas, after the Philippines declared the “State of Calamity”.

The company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds were also utilized to support front liners fighting against the coronavirus disease

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